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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Emma Gill

Graham and Lynn could make a comeback says experts amid resurgence of old baby names

We know that names from yesteryear have well and truly made a comeback.

Names that are commonplace among elderly folk, like Alfie and Archie, have crept back into the classroom over recent years.

And according to experts at BabyCentre it won't be long until names like Graham and Lynn are back in force.

It says that generally there is a 100-year rule with baby names - 'names that were popular 100 years ago seem to be the ones that are becoming popular now', with parents choosing names that are associated with their grandparents' and great grandparents' generations.

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"The comeback is partly due to people's associations with the names," says BabyCentre. "Names that were popular in our parents' generation are still associated heavily with them. This means that we find it hard to imagine a child with those names. But older names are freed from this link and therefore feel more suitable."

It adds: "Given the resurgence in popularity of old names, it's possible that names in the future will also have a cyclic nature. Perhaps one day we will be welcoming grandchildren by the name of John, Anthea, Graham, or Lynn."

BabyCentre mum Lisa definitely believes that names come in cycles, adding: "I would think that names like Mandy and Carol will hold the same appeal for our own children," she says. "By then, Alfie and Archie will be 'dad names' whereas Clive and Trevor will be mysterious and historical."

'Generally there is a 100-year rule with baby names' (shared content unit)

We reported last year how the name Gary, which had been on the verge of extinction, was making a comeback, with UK Baby Names featuring it in a list of trending monikers.

Alongside it were a number of traditional boys' names including James, David, John, Ian, Oliver, Jack, Andrew, Peter, William, Thomas, Matthew and Paul. While for girls it said the trending names were Emma, Sarah and Olivia.

Do you know a baby called Gary, Graham, Clive or Trevor born in recent years? Have you chosen a traditional name for your child, or something more unusual? Let us know in the comments.

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